Saturday, April 7, 2012

Soap Challenge--Piping

I'm jumping into Amy W's soap challenge here in week 3--piping soap.  I chose to make a version of a batch I made last year--my Sweet Pea scented soap.  It was really popular for me last summer so why mess with a success?

Some soapers assume that piping soap means that it must be whipped, but it's not necessary to whip it first.  When I don't want the whipped look (or more frequently, don't want to clean beaters) I just let it sit until it thickens up on its own.  (By the way, don't you adore these itty-bitty dishes?  I just bought them a few weeks ago. A set of four cost $1 at the Dollar Tree!)

I used a Wilton tip #3 to make the little squiggles.
I added tip #103 sweet peas and made leaves with a # 352 tip.

One thing I love about piping soap....it never leaves even a trace of ash to spoil the design.
 
And then I took lots of pictures (it was a rather photogenic batch).  Here are a few--
These will be cured enough to have them at the last Winter Market of the season on April 21st and whatever is left I will add to my Zibbet shop.  (Of course, if you want to reserve one now, just send me an email....Mother's Day is May 13th, y'know....) 

37 comments:

  1. Lovely Amy! Your piping is stunning! I wish I could say the same about ash though. I've gotten ash on my piping both times. Maybe sweet pea is a more behaved fragrance?

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  2. Gorgeous!!! Photogenic indeed!! I still have some sweet pea & rhubarb fragrance that would look great in a similar pattern...now that I said I wasn't sure about piping soap anymore LOL! I'm thinking you must have an ash-resistant soap recipe, cause my cupcakes look like they might have some ash on them as well.

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  3. Well, how funny is that??!! I have never gotten ash on any piped soap I've ever done--all different recipes and fragrances. I just assumed that it was because I was working with such heavily traced soap, but now I'm guessing there must be another reason!

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  4. Beautiful, Amy! The flowers are so cute. I've never tried piping soap - maybe I'll give it a go someday.

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  5. You definitely should try it! If you've never done any piping before, just search the Wilton website for tutorials or take a Wilton class at a craft store like Michaels.

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  6. Such a pretty soap and I love the squiggles!

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  7. Gorgeous gorgeous! I love sweet pea. This is just perfect!

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  8. Thats a lovely soap, funny, I too have been piping for years and have never, ever had ash on my cupcakes or cakes either!! How does that work then? I love this soap though, its so delicate and pretty

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  9. Very Very pretty! I love the piping that you did.

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  10. Que graciosos han quedado!!!.Felicidades.

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  11. Love this effect! Very nice

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  12. totally original and completely beautiful! awesome job!

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  13. I love it!! Looks awesome!!

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  14. I just saw directions on making those and thought that it would be a future project. I had no idea where you were going with the swiggly lines but soon found out. That is a brilliant idea and the bars look simply beautiful. Great job!

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  15. I remember seeing photos of your Sweet Pea soap last year and I think you may have even improved it for this year ~ and I didn't think that was possible! I love how creative you are <3

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  16. I really, really love your piping on this soap. Very different and looks stunning, xx Linda

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  17. This is beautiful! And you piping skills are amazing, loved the cake in previous post! :)))

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  18. Your piping is amazing Amy! Your sweetpea soaps look fabulous!

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  19. this is beautiful. I love it. I have a question for you though, I thought maybe you could help me out.

    Every time I make CP soap, it looks great at first, then
    I get "ash" on top of it. I make a very basic recipe, with olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, castor oil, and EO. I am never able to make a pretty top like yours because the "ash" on top would make it look ugly. Do you know why I get "ash" on top of my soap, and yours stay looking so lovely?

    Thank you for any suggestions.
    Paula

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  20. Isn't this fun? I'm enjoying this challenge and seeing everyone's versions of piped soap. Thanks, Amy of Great Cakes Soapworks for a fabulous idea!

    @Paula--did you see some of the early comments about ash? Ash is a huge mystery to me! I don't use palm oil, but no matter the recipe, I have to make sure that I pour at a thicker trace. Thin trace usually means ashing for me. If I think a batch may ash, I'll spray it with rubbing alcohol and it prevents it from forming. But I just don't understand it either.

    Happy Resurrection Sunday! Jesus is risen--indeed!

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  21. Your design is beautiful, you did a wonderful job.

    Michelle

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  22. I absolutely love your sweet peas...

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  23. Totally gorgeous! I love the colors you used and your piping is fantastic!!

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  24. Amy AMy AMy....How can I even attempt to pipe some soap when folks like you just BLOW the competition out of the water ! I still haven;t even tried to do my piping challenge yet but oh well, =OK, you have convinced me.

    PS you have anew follower!

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  25. You can do it, Donna! I've been decorating cakes since junior high, but some of these other soapers are piping the most amazing stuff as beginners!

    By the way, can I just call you 127now that our relationship is official?

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